Kevin Kruse
Kevin Kruse
Concept Artist, Illustrator, and Storyteller
Los Angeles, United States


Kevin Kruse


My greatest drive is to provide artwork rich in both originality and narrative depth with a fundamental interest in communicating important themes and unspoken truths.


Illustrator, West Studio | July 2021 –– September 2021

Freelance Visual Development Artist, Powerhouse Animation Studios | April 2021 –– June 2021 –– Netflix animated series

Creature Designer on Skull Island

Freelance Visual Development Artist, Powerhouse Animation Studios | June 2020 –– August 2020 –– Netflix animated series

Character, creature, and prop designer on Heaven's Forest

- Designed high-priority characters, creatures, and props for TV series with an emphasis on Hindu mythology and Indian
- Communicated frequently with client to discuss objective/vision in order to form thorough understanding of tasks and fulfill
client’s needs.
- Unpacked prompts and conducted detailed research to better inform designs.
- Worked closely with client to refine submitted artwork; discussed drawings and provided revisions based on client feedback.
- Provided detailed, full-color artwork of assets at each level of development, from rough sketches to finished digital

• Grading Team Member, Watts Atelier of the Arts; Encinitas, CA | 2018 –– 2019
- Analyzed and critiqued student work at all skill levels to promote artistic growth and progress
- Provided in-depth feedback and assigned grades
- Specialized in head construction and form rendering

• Creative Assistant, Anomaly Productions; Laguna Hills, CA | Jan 2017 –– Aug 2017
- Staged and arranged scenes for comic book frames
- Posed characters, creatures, and props for effective and compelling storytelling
- Handled, sculpted, and modified 3D assets in ZBrush for use in Poser software
- Sketched and conceptualized characters for studio merchandise

• Photographer’s Assistant, Smith Photography; San Clemente, CA | Summer 2015
- Assisted photographer on-site for exterior and interior commercial shoots
- Transported and arranged lighting equipment, scene decor, and camera electronics
- Assisted in scene arrangement and shoot preparation/execution

Concept Design Academy | Pasadena, CA 2020 –– present
Brainstorm | Burbank, CA 2019 –– present
- Goal: Refine Skills and focus on entertainment art, design, and portfolio development
- Focus on hard-surface design, character design, and visual storytelling

Watts Atelier of The Arts | Encinitas, CA 2017 — 2020
- Goal: Create strong foundation in traditional drawing, painting, and figurative art
- Intensive study of the figure, head, and traditional oil painting

Saddleback College; Mission Viejo, CA | 2014 –– 2016
- Emphasis on environmental science/ecology


- Adept in Adobe Photoshop; sketching, painting, and graphic design
- Rapid sketching and conceptualization for design and story
- Idea generation and story development, including research and writing
- Highly capable and motivated to work in team-based environment
- Effective communicator; speaking, writing, and presenting
- Adept in photography and staged lighting; handling cameras and editing photos

Software proficiency

Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom